Is high brand make-up worth it?

When it comes to purchasing make up, I will be the first one to immediately put my hand up to say that I do probably spend a little too much on it. I would be the one that goes for something a little pricier as opposed to getting a perfectly cheaper alternative. But lately I’ve been thinking, is it actually worth it?

Estee Lauder Vs Revlon

Estee Lauder Vs Revlon

As a student I have to be more aware of how much I’m spending. Sadly now, the priority is more on food than it is on make-up or beauty products. The only problem with being a full on make-up lover, is the expense of the high branded make up. But luckily for you, I have some make-up dupes.

My all-time favourite foundation has to be the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. It is honestly a miracle worker. With medium – high coverage I have found that it lasts all day without touching up with powder. This is always a concern when dealing with full, long days at university.

But is it necessary when it’s £30 just for a small bottle? The answer is unless you have money to spare then no. An excellent dupe for this is Revlon’s Colourstay foundation; it still gives great coverage and lasts. The only problem is that some of the shades are more pink tone based so you have to extra aware when colour testing.

Mac Vs Rimmel. The colours are so similar!

Mac Vs Rimmel. The colours are so similar!

But it’s not just foundation that has some great dupes, it’s also lipsticks. Surprised that I haven’t said Mac is the best? Well Mac lipsticks are obviously brilliant but there are some hidden jems from drugstores.

Rimmel Kate Moss’ lipsticks are amazing – I have found that my 01 red lipstick lasts way longer when drinking than my Retro MAC lipstick. A similar product to MAC’s velvet teddy would be Rimmel’s Kate Moss 03, which are practically the same shade. So rather than spending an extra £10 on MAC, it makes more sense to go with the alternative, however the colour of velvet teddy is more matte and seems a little darker in comparison.

When I see how similar the products are, it seems silly (especially as a student) to go for expensive make up when you don’t have enough money, when it has the same turn out as a drugstore brand.

It’s amazing how you can’t tell the difference. I’m wearing high brand make up on the right side – Estee Lauder and Mac Velvet Teddy and Revlon Colourstay and Rimmel 03 on the left.

It’s amazing how you can’t tell the difference. I’m wearing high brand make up on the right side – Estee Lauder and Mac Velvet Teddy and Revlon Colourstay and Rimmel 03 on the left.